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How Old Is Your Church?

If you are a Lutheran, your religion was founded by Martin Luther, an ex- monk of the Catholic Church, in the year 1517.

If you belong to the Church of England, your religion was founded by King Henry VIII in the year 1534 because the Pope would not grant him a divorce with the right to remarry.

If you are a Presbyterian, your religion was founded by John Knox in Scotland in the year 1560.

If you are a Protestant Episcopalian, your religion was an offshoot of the Church of England founded by Samuel Seabury in the American colonies in the 17th century.

If you are a Congregationalist, your religion was originated by Robert Brown in Holland in 1582.

If you are a Methodist, your religion was launched by John and Charles Wesley in England in 1744.

If you are a Unitarian, Theophilus Lindley founded your church in London in 1774.

If you are a Mormon (Latter Day Saints), Joseph Smith started your religion in Palmyra, N.Y., in 1829.

If you are a Baptist, you owe the tenets of your religion to John Smyth, who launched it in Amsterdam in 1605.

If you are of the Dutch Reformed church, you recognize Michaelis Jones as founder, because he originated your religion in New York in 1628.

If you worship with the Salvation Army, your sect began with William Booth in London in 1865.

If you are a Christian Scientist, you look to 1879 as the year in which your religion was born and to Mrs. Mary Baker Eddy as its founder.

If you belong to one of the religious organizations known as ‘Church of the Nazarene,” “Pentecostal Gospel.” “Holiness Church,” “Pilgrim Holiness Church,” “Jehovah’s Witnesses,” your religion is one of the hundreds of new sects founded by men within the past century.

If you are Catholic, you know that your religion was founded in the year 33 by Jesus Christ the Son of God, and it is still the same Church.

 


 

(Original article: https://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/churb4.htm )

The Pain of Loneliness

While doing a high school report on the life of Mother Teresa, I came to conclude several thoughts on the pain of being alone and feeling unwanted.

During her life, Mother Teresa did her best to ensure that dying patients in her Missionary houses of Calcutta were surrounded with love and care, especially the moments leading up to the time of their death.

She did this because she recognized each individual person, whether Muslim, Hindu, or Christian, as God’s Creation, worthy of human respect. Mother believed that the worst poverty a person could experience was to be considered invisible to one’s fellow humans, unloved and unwanted.

The care Mother Teresa showed to the destitute — by providing a bed to sleep in, food to eat, and medical supplies — was graciously accepted by the poor, and their gratitude could not be mistaken for anything otherwise.

In Kerry Walters’ book: St. Teresa of Calcutta – Missionary, Mother, Mystic, the author cites an instance in Mother’s life when she and her Sisters were looking through the streets of Calcutta for people who were dying. Mother Teresa had spoken of the occasion, saying:

“We picked up four people from the street, and one of them was in a most terrible condition – and I told the Sisters: ‘You take care of the other three, I take care of this one that looked worse’…I put her in bed, and there was such a beautiful smile on her face. She took hold of my hand, as she said one word only: Thank you – and she died.”

Mother Teresa was able to give comfort to the utterly destitute, despite not having modern appliances and technology at her disposal. These people were literally all alone, with not a friend in the world, dying on the streets. By doing her best with what she had, Mother made these people feel more loved and at peace than many people who have many modern accommodations today.

I have come to this conclusion from instances in life that I have witnessed myself.

There are many people in nursing homes that have many material comforts: heated and cooled rooms, television, warm food, usable plumbing…but many of them are not happy. They sit in front of windows much of the day…hoping…waiting for the possibility of a family member or friend coming to visit them…a son or daughter, nephew or niece.

I believe that it is situations like this that express the fact that material things of this world cannot fully satisfy man. People need to be shown Christian charity — Christ’s love. This is the only thing that can relieve the pain of loneliness.

So please, take a minute out of your day to acknowledge those in your life that you may not give much of your time to.

 “A new commandment I give unto you: That you love one another, as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” (John 13:34-35)

 

Upcoming Posts…

Sorry about the lack of articles on my page. I’ve been busy lately…my grandmother is moving in with us, and we have recently bought a new house. I am however, planning on releasing several articles in the following months, whenever I finally have time. I was previously working on a paper dealing with the Intercession of the Saints, that will be the next one published. Any suggestions on other possible topics? Tell me what you think.

God bless,

Patrick E. Devens